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A preliminary discussion regarding the establishment of a new government agency with authority through an act to secure the professionalism of arts and artists has been held in Parliament recently, where it was suggested that a government body should be established by a new act with authority to represent all fields of art including cinema, tele-drama, music, stage plays, painting, poetry etc.
A visiting cultural delegation of the Netherlands, led by State Secretary for Culture and Media in the Netherlands Gunay Uslu, signed two legal documents related to transferring the ownership of the artefacts that will be returned to Sri Lanka later this year, at the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs yesterday (28). Accordingly, the ‘Transference of Acknowledgement’ and the ‘Loan Agreement’ related to the purpose have been signed by Dutch State Secretary Gunay Uslu and Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Vidura Wickramanayaka and the Director General of the Department of National Museums on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.
On the 15 October 2022 between 9.00am and 12.30pm (IST – Colombo time) the workshop “Next generation of Sri Lankan designers – Developing and innovating Sri Lankan craft for export” took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the aim to promote understanding of the craft and contemporary design for export, identify skills, design and craft opportunities within own network and explore how to add and create higher value through design intervention.
On the 26th of April each year, Intellectual Property (IP) Day is celebrated to draw public attention to the importance of IP rights in fostering creativity and innovation.
The approval has been granted to exempt the cinema industry from the entertainment tax for the two years of 2021 and 2022, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has advised to reopen cinemas from January 01 strictly in compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines except in isolated areas, Prime Minister’s Office said in a release.